No. 5 Panthers defeat Thomas More, fall to No. 9 Shenandoah in NCAA South Regional

Jack Rhodes (photo courtesy of Berry College Athletics)
Jack Rhodes (photo courtesy of Berry College Athletics)

MOUNT BERRY, Ga.—After defeating Thomas More College 16-9 this afternoon, the No. 5 Birmingham-Southern baseball team was eliminated from the NCAA South Regional with a come-from-behind 10-8 loss to No. 9 Shenandoah this evening at Bowdoin Field on the campus of Berry College.

The Panthers end their season at 39-13, the most wins for the program since transitioning to NCAA Division III in 2008. Thomas More ended the season with a record of 31-12, and Shenandoah moved to 35-11, and will need to defeat No. 6 Emory twice tomorrow to win the regional tournament.


  • The teams traded the lead through the first four innings before BSC scored eight straight runs--three in the fourth, two in the fifth, and three in the seventh--to pull ahead 10-3.
  • TMC cut it to 12-9 with five runs in the bottom of the eighth, but the Panthers added four in the top of the ninth, and then held the Saints scoreless in the bottom of the frame.
  • The Panthers racked up 18 total hits, led by junior Sam Roberts going 4-of-6 at the plate.
  • Junior Jack Rhodes led all players with five RBI, partly due to a three-run homer in the top of the seventh.
  • Rhodes went 3-of-5 at the plate, and freshman Tyler Hamel was 3-of-6.
  • Freshman John Michael Shirley (2-1) got the win on the mound, coming in in the third and throwing 4.2 innings, giving up two hits and three earned runs with one strikeout.
  • Senior Kyle Royalty started, and sophomore Ross James pitched the last two innings.


  • The Panthers played as the home team, and exploded for six runs in the first inning, sending 11 batters to the plate and recording six hits, including two from senior Taylor McCracken.
  • BSC added one more run in the third before the Hornets got on the board in the fourth, cutting it to 7-3.
  • A two-RBI triple in the top of the sixth cut the lead to 7-5, but a run scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the sixth put BSC up 8-5, but it would be their last run of the game.
  • Shenandoah cut it to 8-7 in the seventh, with one run scored on a hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded, and the Hornets capitalized on two BSC errors in the eighth to score three runs and pull ahead 10-8.
  • The Panthers got one runner on in the next two innings, but were unable to score again.
  • Junior Ryan Gaines started and went six innings, giving up 10 hits and seven earned runs with two strikeouts.
  • Senior Wilson Jamison (2-2) took the loss after tossing the seventh, although none of the three runs scored were earned; freshman Jake Cook threw the final two innings, allowing no hits or runs.
  • McCracken went 2-of-5 at the plate with two RBI and was the only Panther batters with more than one hit; Shenandoah out-hit BSC 13-8.